September 26, 2009

The hummingbird.



Today, in Olbrich Garden.

ADDED: The man you hear saying "I've never seen anything like this" (twice) is not Meade. He's just another man visiting Olbrich Garden today. He was with the woman who said — about the bird — "He just doesn't really care about us." The man also says — in the end, when the bird returns to the branch where he started — "He's got home base." Here's a still of the bird who doesn't really care about us back at home base:

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37 comments:

edutcher said...

Nice to see you're up and about.

Did I hear correctly? It sounded like the bird buzzed, rather than hummed.

peter hoh said...

Modesty -- and fear of humans -- be damned. There's only so much time to wring the last little bits of summer out of the flowers and get the heck out of Dodge, so to speak.

I believe the buzzing is caused when the wings hit something else -- in this case, a leaf.

Hummingbirds provided quite a bit of entertainment at the outdoor wedding we attended last Saturday in Minneapolis. To those who need a hummingbird fix, I recommend the Longfellow Gardens.

peter hoh said...

Hatching egg pics.

Beth said...

hummingbird , hummingbird
always on your mind
sweetness you must find

rhhardin said...

Hummingbird music Saint-Saens.

blake said...

Hummingbirds: Nature's Biggest Jerks?

Chip Ahoy said...

Hummingbird.

* glees *

Lem said...
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Lem said...

Leonard Cohen
Bird On The Wire

Like a bird on the wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
Like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee.
If i, if I have been unkind,
I hope that you can just let it go by.
If i, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you
.

Ann Althouse said...

I refuse to believe that a worm on a hook has the slightest inclination to save ribbons.

Lem said...

The theme of the other day

The Birds & the Bees

Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and the bees.
And the flowers and the trees.
And the moon up above.
And a thing called love.

Let me tell ya 'bout the stars in the sky.
And a girl and a guy.
And the way they could kiss,
On a night like this.

When I look into your big brown eyes,
It's so very plain to see,
That it's time you learned about the facts of life,
Starting from A to Z.

Let me tell ya 'bout the birds and the bees.
And the flowers and the trees.
And the moon up above.
And a thing called love
.

Lem said...

shoot... i like this one better.

The Birds & the Bees

Lem said...

I refuse to believe that a worm on a hook has the slightest inclination to save ribbons.

I believe its called artistic license.

Lem said...

Joan Manuel Serrat y JoaquĆ­n Sabina

Aves de paso.

(sorry no translation tonight)

Penny said...

Lovely. The video, the picture, the additional musical selections...ALL so lovely.

Lem said...

MR.MISTER - Broken Wings

Take these broken wings
And learn to fly again, learn to live free
When we hear the voices sing
The book of love will open up and let us in
Take these broken wings...
.

Lem said...

Thnks Penny.. i think i got a fan.

kentuckyliz said...

I think the knight was saving the ribbons.

wv ingulati
something medical?

Lem said...

I think you are right Liz.

wv donsuton - a retired hall of fame pitcher..

Penny said...

I am a fan.

Lem said...

Steve Miller Band

Fly Like an Eagle.

Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin
Into the future
Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin
Into the future

I want to fly like an eagle
To the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let my spirit carry me
I want to fly like an eagle
Till Im free
Oh, lord, through the revolution
.

Lem said...

donsuton ... you never know who is going to pop in here ;)

Lem said...

Amy Winehouse

You Send Me Flying

Lent you outsidaz and my new Badu
while I was thinking you didn't have a clue
tough to sort files with your voice in my head
So then I bribed you downstairs with a malboro red
so now I feel so small discovering you knew
How much more torture would you have put me through?
you probably saw me laughing at all your jokes
or how I did not mind when you stole all my smokes

And although my pride is not easily disturbed
you sent me flying when you kicked me to the kerb
With you battered jeans and your beastie tee
Now I can't work like this with you next to me

And although he is nothing in the scheme of my years
it just serves to blugdeon my futile tears
And I'm not use to this, I observe, I don't chase
So now I'm stuck with consequences, thrust in my face
And the melodramas of my day delivery blows
that surpass your rejection it just goes to show
a simple attraction that reflects right back to me
so I'm not as into you as I appear to be
.

Lem said...

Michael Buble

Come Fly With Me.

Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There's a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away

Come fly with me, let's float down to Peru
In llama land there's a one-man band
And he'll toot his flute for you
Come fly with me, let's take off in the blue

Once I get you up there where the air is rarified
We'll just glide, starry-eyed
Once I get you up there I'll be holding you so near
You may hear angels cheer 'cause we're together

Weather-wise it's such a lovely day
You just say the words and we'll beat the birds
Down to Acapulco Bay
It's perfect for a flying honeymoon, they say
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
.

Lem said...

Jeffrey Osborne

On The Wings Of Love .

Just smile for me and let the day begin
You are the sunshine that lights my heat within
I'm sure that you're an angel in disguise
Come take my hand and together we will rise

On the wings of love
Up and above the clouds
The only way to fly
Is on the wings of love
On the wings of love
Only the two of us
Together flying high
Flying high Upon the wings of love

You look at me and I begin to melt
Just like the snow when a ray of sun is felt
I'm crazy bout ya baby can't you see
I'd be delighted if you could come with me

On the wings of love
Up and above the clouds
The only way to fly
Is on the wings of love
On the wings of love
Only the two of us
Together flying high
Flying high Upon the wings of love
.

Lem said...

and lastly.. Ella Fitzgerald

Flying Home.

Lem said...

I heard the story that they took an xray of both Don Sutton arms and the bone of his pitching arm was about 2/3 more developed, thicker, than his non pitching arm.

It must have made an impression on me since it has stayed with me after all these years.

Children should be kept from useless information like that.

Penny said...

"...so I'm not as into you as I appear to be."

That is the sad thing about mirrors.

Or is it?

Lem said...

Ooh yea.. Althouse said she likes Flight Of The Conchords.

The Humans Are Dead.

Maybe the birs will fly to safety.. who knows.

wv senture .. (jesus.. they are using wv to sell homes)

Lem said...

That is the sad thing about mirrors.

or funny.. do you remember the ending of Jesus Is Magic (2005)?

Sarah is as though ... you got to see it, i cant really describe it.

Penny said...

"...i cant really describe it."

It's kinda how life tastes, wouldn't you say, Lem?

Lem said...

Buble reminds me of Luis Miguel.. famous mexican crooner.

LuisMi - Suave.

Lem said...

It's kinda how life tastes, wouldn't you say, Lem?

did you see that? up close to the mirror?

I was uncomfortable at first because it was going on so long and then i saw her smiling and i started to laugh and "get the joke" kind of.. I dont know.. I think I'll see it again. even thou i remember a lot of her material fell flat.

Penny said...

Hey! Ageist, Lem?

I thought better of you?

Lem said...

Ageist

I'm not following. what did i say?

Penny said...

You know what they say, Lem. When you aren't following, you must be leading.

Take it away, big boy.

RebeccaH said...

I hang a hummingbird feeder beside my deck every spring, and watch them all summer long. The feeder's still there, but it's October now and a pretty sure bet the hummingbirds have migrated, so I'll bring it in this week and store it away for next year. They're one of my great pleasures.